Brad D. Smith is a 1986 Marshall University alumnus and has acted as a longtime benefactor and friend to The College of Business. Smith is the former CEO of Intuit and now acts as the Executive Chairman of the Board at the company. Mr. Smith is also a member of the boards of Nordstrom and SurveyMonkey.
A West Virginia native himself, Mr. Smith and his wife, Alys, who is from Ohio, have maintained a long relationship with Marshall University, donating more than $35 million to the college. In 2015, the pair established the Brad D. and Alys Smith Family Scholarship with a $10 million donation to Marshall University. The scholarship, which gives first preference to students from West Virginia and Ohio, is meant to help propel students from underserved and overlooked zip codes into higher education. Just three years after the establishment of their scholarship, the Smiths donated an additional $25 million to the Schools of Business. In honor of this gift, the undergraduate and graduate Schools of Businesses were each named The Brad D. Smith College of Business.
Smith has proven himself to not only possess a giving streak, but a sharp business instinct that helped launch Intuit into the global household name we know it as today. During his 11 year tenure leading the company, Smith transformed the structure from that of a financial software company to a cloud-based platform with an impressive portfolio that contains TurboTax, QuickBooks and Mint. While positioning the company for its future success, Smith practiced a humble leadership style that has led to Intuit’s consistent appearance on Best Places to Work lists across the corporate tech and finance services industry.
Today, Brad D. Smith lives in Menlo Park, CA, but remains connected to his home state of West Virginia. He and his wife have established the Wing 2 Wing Foundation, which aims to distribute entrepreneurial opportunity to students in geographic areas that don’t have access to the same professional opportunity as their peers on the coast.
“In partnership with my wife, we’re forming the Wing 2 Wing Foundation in reference to our favorite quote – ‘we are each of us angels with only Wing 2 Wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another,’ said Smith. “Our initial focus will be to advance what we see as the two great equalizers, education and entrepreneurship, in regions where individuals and communities have lost hope.”